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WRITTEN AT SWANDLING BAR, IN THE COUNTY OF CAVAN, IN IRELAND.

1 Let those who would esteem it good
2 To reach the age of Par,
3 By water pure come and insure
4 Their lives at Swandling Bar.
5 Let all who be, by land or sea,
6 However near or far,
7 Make no delay, but haste away,
8 To drink at Swandling Bar.
9 Should belle or beau the scurvy show,
10 Which doth all beauty mar,
11 Hither repair, you'll soon grow fair,
12 When once at Swandling Bar.
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13 Each goddess here, tho' now so clear,
14 Shew'd like a fallen star,
15 When first from town she posted down
16 To drink at Swandling Bar.
17 Each sot and rake his cure might make,
18 And wage with Death a war,
19 Would he but think the best of drink
20 Is that at Swandling Bar.
21 Oft have I seen, come to careen,
22 Many an honest tar,
23 With batter'd hide by scurvy dried,
24 Yet cur'd at Swandling Bar.
25 I've seen a fair who might compare
26 With Venus in her car,
27 Approach the rill and drink her fill
28 Each day at Swandling Bar.
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29 Here lords from town, of high renown,
30 With garter and with star,
31 Decrepid come, yet brisk go home,
32 Such power hath Swandling Bar.
33 Late have I seen, of graceful mien,
34 A nymph from Mullingar,
35 So fair, so bright, she caught the sight
36 Of all at Swandling Bar.
37 Tho' here I came to quench a flame
38 I've got a deeper scar,
39 Yet can't endure to seek a cure
40 By leaving Swandling Bar.

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    Title (in Source Edition): WRITTEN AT SWANDLING BAR, IN THE COUNTY OF CAVAN, IN IRELAND.
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    Poems, &c. &c. by the Late Mrs. Mary Alcock [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Dilly, Poultry, 1799, pp. 133-135. vii,[25],183,[1]p. (ESTC T86344) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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